National Cross Country Championships 2006

The 46th Boys and 38th Girls ESAA National Cross Country Championship is to take place at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield on Saturday 25th March 2006.

The park is situated almost mid way between the A1 and the M1.
Click here for a map and directions from your own address: enter NG184JW as the destination postcode.

There are no admission charges to the park.


There are ongoing roadworks at the M1/A38 junction (J28) which are causing long delays. It is recommended that you come off the M1 at either J27 or J29.

From the A1 South: Join the A617 at Newark and continue along it until it becomes the dual carriageway bypass. Continue (marked towards Chesterfield) until it crosses the A60, turn right onto the A60 towards Mansfield. County Buses turn right after 200 metres, along Lichfield Lane, and follow road signs. PUBLIC continue towards Mansfield, turn right at second set of traffic lights onto Berry Hill Lane and follow this for 1500 metres. Turn right down Black Scotch Lane to the public car park opposite the park entrance. ALL PUBLIC VEHICLES MUST GO DOWN BLACK SCOTCH LANE TO TURN INTO THE CAR PARK.

From the A1 North: Go down to junction with A614 near Worksop, continue south on the A614 for about 15 kilometres until island junction with A617, turn right onto A617 and follow previous instructions (as for A1 South).

From the M1 North: Leave at Junction 29, follow road towards Mansfield. Just over the County border the bypass road is on the right. Follow this until the A60 is reached, turn right and follow previous instructions (as for A1 South).

From the M1 South: Use junction 27 and take the A608 until it joins the A611. Turn left towards Mansfield and continue along until A60 is reached. Turn right at traffic lights and then after 200 metres turn left up Lichfield Lane, then follow the road signs to the correct parking area (as for A1 South).

By Train: Mansfield Station (Robin Hood Line from either Worksop or Nottingham) is about 35 minutes walk away from the park. Trains run about every 30 minutes on a Saturday.

Administration Centre

The administration centre for the event will be in the school marked on the top right hand side of the map.
THERE WILL NO ADMITTANCE FOR ATHLETES IN THIS AREA (unless they are selected for the international teams).

In the school, there will be Team Declarations in the main hall, packed lunch pick up, VIP Reception, International Team Meeting rooms, Press/ Media Office, Medical room. All course marshals and Technical Officials are asked to report to the green 'Tea Rooms' building near the West entrance gate to the park. They will have a designated car park area. Access will be by accreditation badge only.


Spectators cannot park within the Park. Parking will be in several designated car parks all within a maximum of 15 minutes walk away - these will be signposted and marshalled. Please do not try to approach Berry Park in cars as space in the vicinity is very limited. County Buses will offload their athletes at the school, then will be directed to a coach park which is about l0 Minutes walk away. A one-way system will be in operated by the police - please follow their directions.


There are limited facilities on Berry Hill Park but shelter, refreshment outlets, merchandize sales, toilets and results / programme sales will all be in the park.


There are NO SHOWERING facilities on the park.

The Course

This will be the first time that Berry Hill Park has been used for the ESAA Cross Country Championships, however it is no stranger to holding major events; the ECCA relays have been held here for the last 10 years, Midland Championships, Nottinghamshire AAA Championships, North Midland League races and many other local events have also been held there. The map gives preliminary course details but it is unlikely to change significantly. The first 600 metres of the course is open but rising slightly, it then levels out for a time before descending into a wooded area which contains several small hilly sections. The final section is slightly uphill to the final finishing area which is open grass land. The course is well drained but can become cold and windy in the open areas.

Time Table of Events

9.00amChampionship Site Open
9.30amChampionship Course Open for Inspection
10.00amDeclarations open
11.00amOfficials meeting
12.15pmDeclarations Close and Championship Course should be cleared
12.50pmIntermediate Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.20pmIntermediate Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.50pmJunior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.15pmJunior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.45pmSenior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3.15pmSenior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
It is envisaged that the Team Race presentations will take place during the afternoons races. There will be announcements made to keep you aware of the times of the Team Race presentations. This year, to allow Counties Coaches to leave earlier and to give us more time to verify the accuracy of results, there will NOT be any final presentations of aggregate awards at the end of the event. Instead, team certificates will be posted to Team Managers within 7 days and the trophies will be presented at a suitable time during the National Track & Field Championships in July.

Competitor Lists

Click your County below to check the names of those entered.

Competitors are asked to check these lists so that their name appears correctly in the programme, on the tee-shirts, and in the results. Everything to do with the event is prepared automatically from these lists so if your name is wrong here, it will be wrong everywhere!

Note that Counties can enter up to 16 athletes in each age group, but only 8 are allowed to run in the event. Your name appearing in these lists DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL GET TO RUN IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. County team managers will make their final team selections in due course and the lucky athletes will be informed either by post or by telephone - you would have been told what your local arrangements are when you filled in your availability forms at the County Championships.

If you find any spelling errors, please notify us immediately. It is too late now to make corrections to the programme and tee-shirts, but at least we'll be able to get the results correct. Please note that because of the amount of mail we receive during the run up to these Championships we unfortunately do not have time to send any acknowledgements of spelling corrections.

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